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Though most accidents occur on the road, the truth is, people are seriously injured in slip and fall accidents every single day. Among the most common type of slip and fall accidents is sidewalk accidents. If you are someone who has recently been injured due to a defective sidewalk, whether because of uneven pavement, potholes, loose debris, or otherwise, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys today to learn more about how we can help you through the premises liability claims process ahead.

How do I sue someone for a sidewalk accident?

To sue for a sidewalk accident injury, you will have to prove that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe conditions, failed to take action to fix them, and that you were seriously injured as a result. This is not always easy, which is why you need a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can gather and present all the evidence needed to prove you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Some of the most valuable forms of evidence can include pictures of the unsafe sidewalk conditions, surveillance footage of the accident happening (which we may subpoena), witness statements, police reports, medical documents, and more.

How long do I have to take legal action against a negligent party in Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, giving the wrongly injured two years from the date of their accident to sue the party responsible for their injuries. However, when suing for a sidewalk injury, if the property is owned by a municipality, there is a very good chance you will have a far shorter amount of time to file a Notice of Claim. This is why it is so critical you retain the services of an experienced attorney who can assess the circumstances of your accident and ensure you meet all the deadlines needed to file your claim on time. If you wait too long, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We are ready to fight for your right to financial compensation–all you have to do is ask.


There is nothing worse than sustaining injuries at the hands of a negligent party. Now, you must recover physically, and you must also find a way to pay for your recovery. This is why if you or someone you know has sustained injuries due to another party’s negligence, you must contact the Law Offices of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. An attorney who is willing to fight for your right to a smooth recovery can make all the difference.